The former NBA star Delonte West was seen asking people for help on the side of the road near a Dallas highway.
West was caught on video wearing a white sweater, baggy gray pants, as well as slip-on loafers that were covered in dirt. The former first-round draft pick point guard has struggled for years with bipolar disorder, substance abuse, and homelessness.
Last week a photo surfaced on Twitter that has since gone viral of West holding a small cardboard sign on a rainy day.
The photo has sparked a wave of concern from the basketball community about the 37-year-old. Among them was the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban. He is seen on video picking up West at a gas station on Monday, while in his blue Tesla Model S, wearing a mask.
“I can just confirm that I found him and helped him,” Cuban told The Washington Post in an email Monday evening. “The rest is up to Delonte and his family to tell.”
Cuban had apparently been trying to contact West for several days. After finally reaching him the two agreed to meet up at the gas station.
The man that took the video can be heard saying to Cuban, “good job, man.”
According to TMZ, Cuban took West to a hotel. He also offered to pay for his treatment at a drug rehabilitation facility.
West in the NBA
Delonte West began his professional basketball career in 2004, where he was the 24th pick overall. The 6’ 4” and 180-pound point guard attended Saint Joseph’s for three years before being drafted. Once in the NBA, he played for the Boston Celtics, Seattle SuperSonics, Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Dallas Mavericks. In his 13 playoff games, West averaged 10.8 points, 4.2 assists, and 3.3 rebounds.
[H/T The Washington Post]